Junior book group discusses a Terrible Thing

4th November, 2014

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Today our Junior Book Group met to discuss The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne.

Here are some of their thoughts about this book…

It was an interesting tale about an inspirational boy called Barnaby Brocket. He travels the world by floating! I would recommend this book to 10-12 year olds

I think it was an ok read. I found it quite weird and unexpected. I think it was quite cool as Barnaby could just float around the world and pretty much visit any country.

I thought the book was good but quite strange. Some of it was quite disturbing but it was funny as well.

The good thing about the book was the imagination and the adventure Barnaby takes.

I found it an amazing fun filled, fast paced book with a brilliant thing on every page. But it was also quite sad and some of the characters were a bit twisted.

Completely unrealistic, could never ever happen. The only thing ‘twisted’ in it is the laws of Physics. Firstly, it is impossible to float and secondly, in space (as anyone who knows anything about vacuums will know) Barnaby would explode.

Good storyline. I liked the way Barnaby doesn’t consider becoming the same as everyone else. I liked Ethel and Marjorie and how they don’t want to be ‘normal’. I liked how the ‘abnormal’ people didn’t think it was bad and thought that people shouldn’t discriminate because they were different.

Really, really disturbing, but good. A good page turner but still not what you would expect. A very interesting book.

The group will meet again in January to discuss Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper.

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